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Back to D grade?

December 2nd, 2014

PDDC C grade cri­terium
Motor­plex long course
30 Novem­ber 2014

This report is short and sweet, I got spat out the back after 3 laps and worked hard to avoid being lapped, which I did by about 10 metres …

Back racing crits

December 2nd, 2014

PDDC C grade cri­terium
Smeaton Way
23 Novem­ber 2014

Just because I have not been post­ing race reports, does not mean I have not been racing. I have already raced 3 WCMCC cri­teri­ums this sea­son. … This was the 1st PDCC cri­terium of the sea­son and the 1st of my new tac­tics. For once instead of being aggress­ive and attack­ing from the start.…

A bunch of rookie mistakes

August 18th, 2014

Over 50s 56km support race
Collie Donnybrook Return Classic
Collie
16 August 2014

I entered the over 50s sup­port 56km scratch race at the Col­lie Donnybrook Return Clas­sic, so I could get a look at the tough half of the course without hav­ing to ride the full 106km race at threshold …

Not your normal race day

August 12th, 2014

PDCC C grade
Dog Hill
9 August 2014

I approached this race with a heavy heart, one of the riders I raced with for the last two years, took their own life last Sunday.

For the sprinter in me

July 24th, 2014

PDCC C grade points race
Ser­pent­ine
19 July 2014

After racing for two years, I know I am a very ordin­ary sprinter and climber. What I do well is chase down or drive break­aways on the flat and the win­dier the bet­ter. I was going to have to use my abil­it­ies to my full advant­age to per­form well in the points race. Where you get points for your pos­i­tion cross­ing the line each of the six laps around the 8.8km Ser­pent­ine course. At least the course was flat, but the wind was not that strong.

No lesson today

July 24th, 2014

WCMCC C grade scratch race
Herne Hill
13 July 2014

I went into the race with a simple aim, not to spent all my energy chas­ing break­aways. I was going to sit back for the first couple of laps, move up the next two laps, be act­ive the last couple of laps and put in a late attack.

Chasing too hard

July 24th, 2014

PDCC C grade scratch race
Wandi
12 July 2014

Good weather saw 20 riders line up for C grade. A good num­ber of the reg­u­lars, some new faces and a couple of old faces who had not raced for a while.

I was sit­ting at the back, when first time up Bode­man Road the attacks star­ted. The bunch reacted and everything went quiet for the next couple of lap. Third time up Bode­man Road, one of the old faces with a repu­ta­tion for attack­ing moved up the out­side, I fol­lowed. He slowed, so I took the oppor­tun­ity and put in an attack. I was joined by two other riders over the top. We had a break, but the other two were not will­ing to push it. So by the time we turned onto Lyon Road, the bunch was together, so I launched another attack.

Fun in the rain

July 24th, 2014

WCMCC C grade scratch race Wandi 6 July 2014 After the glor­i­ous sun­shine and warmth of yes­ter­day after­noon. I was woken up by a storm front passing. I knew it was going to be wet and windy today, but I was glad the front passed before racing. Still with strong wind fore­cas­ted I decided to take […]

Wanted climbing legs

July 24th, 2014

PDDC North Dan­du­lap Han­di­cap
5 July 2014

I will hap­pily admit I am a poor climber, my asthma, hau fever, sinus com­bin­a­tion was still giv­ing me trouble, so I was expect­ing the North Dan­du­lap Han­di­cap which con­sists of a 5.5km climb, fol­lowed by 19km of rolling hills to Dwellin­gup, turn­ing round, rid­ing 19km back for a fast 5.5km des­cent to be long solo hard train­ing ride, like it had been the past two of years. It was not helped by the han­di­cap­per decid­ing I had sig­ni­fic­antly improved since the Dwellin­gup han­di­cap last month. The two riders I fin­ished with, star­ted two and five minutes behind me. Today I was start­ing with the five minute rider and the two minute rider was two minutes ahead of me today.

Normal service has returned

June 26th, 2014

WCMCC C grade
Dog Hill
22 June 2014

My last few races have seen me fin­ish­ing off the back of the bunch, for a num­ber of reas­ons, includ­ing suf­fer­ing from a mild cold for the last couple of weeks. My last few rides, have had me stiff and sore includ­ing four laps of the same course the day before this race. After the PDCC was called off due to a storm and a few brave/crazy souls rode a few train­ing laps.

I went into the race with a simple aim, fin­ish with the bunch. The race star­ted in the rain, and for the first lap and a half I rode mid pack. …

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